Razer includes a well-established portfolio in the industry of thin and light gaming laptops. The laptops from this manufacturer are extremely well-renowned to possess solid configuration in a really slender MacBook such as chassis.
Accordingly, the newly established 2019 Razer Blade 15 includes heftily loaded with all the powerful configuration in only a 0.7-inch thick chassis which weighs only 4.4 pounds. The laptop includes a 15.6-inch complete HD display with 100 percent sRGB coverage which makes it unique in the segment. The device is powered with the most up-to-date and greatest 8th generation Intel Core i7 six-core processor paired with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of both HDD and 128GB of all SSD storage.
Graphics with this laptop is supported by a strong Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU that is difficult to believe considering the general size and weight of the notebook. Moreover, the laptop does not even compromise with all the connectivity choices. Its slim profile accommodates 3 normal USB 3.1 ports, 1 USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 support, a Mini Display Port, a full-sized HDMI and even Gigabit Ethernet jack!
It comes with a clean copy of Windows 10 Home pre-installed with zero bloatware which is something you expect when you pay the premium. What’s more, it includes two front-facing speakers which delivers a great multimedia experience. On a conclusive notice, the Razer Blade 15 is a lightweight gaming beast which although costs a little more than $1500, we think it’s still a great value for money machine for professional players and content creators.
Input the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model, an inconspicuous and predominantly internal upgrade to the self-proclaimed”world’s smallest 15.6-inch gaming laptop” of yesteryear. Currently capable of generating ray-traced images in supported games such as Battlefield 5 and Metro Exodus, the Advanced Model is pragmatic, nevertheless more compelling than that which came before it. However, for the ordinary consumer, the new branding is muddled, dissuasive and just plain perplexing. As opposed to supplanting the original Razer Blade 15, the Advanced Model is joined by a more affordable Razer Blade 15 Base Model, which deals a thinner frame and per-key RGB lighting for Gigabit Ethernet and higher capacity hard drive storage.
But when you go to configure your built-to-order system on Razer’s website, these two apparently disparate systems become conflated. It appears that the Base Model comprises everything under the GTX 1060 Max-Q and RTX 2060 umbrellas, even while the Advanced Model is available in a plethora of Max-Q-ified RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 configurations. Because there are 10 in total, I’ll avoid delving into the nitty-gritty of each and every one.
Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q 8GB
Memory: 16GB DDR4-2,667MHz
Display: 15.6-inch IPS 144Hz
Storage: 512GB SSD
Connectivity: 1 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 3 x USB Type-A 3.1 Gen 1, Mini-DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0
OS: Windows 10 Home
Dimensions: 0.78 x 13.98 x 9.25 inches
Weight: 4.63 pounds
Warranty: One year
All you actually have to be aware of is this: it’s available in both Black and Black Mercury White outfits, a few models leverage Intel’s newest 9th gen mobile chips while others–like my review unit–don’t and only the most expensive $3,299.99 variant wields an OLED panel.
In other words, Razer has foregone the industry trend of discontinuing the last-gen variant once its current-gen successor is released. Priced at $2,999.99, the version I’m reviewing here includes an RTX 2080, a full HD 144Hz IPS display and 512GB of PCIe-based NVMe SSD storage. That said, the Advanced Model attracts dual-channel expandability up to 64GB. For $500 less, you could settle for the similarly specced Acer Predator Triton 500 and benefit from a longer, two-year warranty. Admittedly, you’d also be missing out.
Cinebench R15: 390cb (single-core); 1,651cb (multi-core)
CrystalDiskMark Q32 Sequential (Read): 3,250.1MB/s
CrystalDiskMark Q32 Sequential (Write): 1,953.0MB/s
PCMark 10: 5,057 points
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2:75fps
Total War: Warhammer II: 79fps
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands: 53fps
Metro Exodus: 51fps
3DMark Fire Strike: 15,889 points
Battery Life: 5 hours and 1 minute
Whereas Acer cut corners to attain the Triton 500’s still-expensive, albeit less exorbitant price tag, Razer managed to squeeze the very same specs into an overall superior product. As I mentioned before, each Blade 15 shell was artfully constructed with nothing but a rotary cutter and one block of aluminum. It’s then anodized with either a Black or Mercury White coating.
On the lid is a backlit triple-headed snake logo, also in classic Razer style, the USB ports are tinted green for cosmetic effect. Overall, it feels and looks the same as the standard Razer Blade 15 which preceded it, save because of its measurements. Measuring 0.78 inches thick, its profile is a negligible amount fatter than previously.
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